Butterfly House benefit set in Manila

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The first major fundraiser for the Butterfly House, a faith based recovery center for women, will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Manila Community Center.

There will be a meal catered by Strawberry's, a silent auction, music and guest speakers.

J.P. Baugher, vice president of the board of directors for the Butterfly House, is pleased to announce the event and invite the public to participate.

Tickets are $15. They are available by calling Baugher at 870-919-7853; Kristen Stutts at 870-926-3236; or Lisa Hitchcock at 870-243-1363.

Danna Deaton of Manila and Laura Oldham of Leachville have a vision to help women experience the love of Christ and break free from the bondage of addiction.

The board of directors is volunteering their time to help the Butterfly House become a reality.

The Butterfly House has received a generous donation from Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Bebout of a building lot located in the Lost Cane Community.

The Board is presently looking for a rental house to get started until a permanent home can be built.

"There is already a waiting list," Baugher said. "We have women wanting help. The Butterfly House will give women the opportunity to get help at no charge. Treatment centers can be expensive and out of the reach for many people who need help."

The Butterfly House, Inc. is a place where transformations begin, Baugher said.

Deaton and Oldham visited other recovery centers in the early planning stages of The Butterfly House. It will be modeled after successful programs such as the Agape House in Paragould, and John 3:16 in Charlotte, Ark.

The program will be 8-12 months long with different phases of treatment. Those attending will progress in biblical studies, learn life skills to restore their families, and be disciples for Christ.

During the working phase and outpatient phase, the women will use portions of their earnings toward a savings account, another portion for rent, and get to keep a portion to begin learning essential money management skills.

There is a need for support from local churches, mission funds, individuals, organizations and anyone who would like to help. There will also be a need for volunteers.

"This is a program that is Christ centered," Deaton said. "We cannot accept any funds that will restrict us from teaching about the love and freedom found in Jesus Christ."

Everyone is welcome to attend the fundraiser for a great cause. It will also give participants the opportunity to become familiar with the Butterfly House and what a positive impact it will make on individual lives, families, and communities.

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